Spring 2018





Russian History in Film

Term: 
Fall 2017
Online: 
Yes
Subject Area: 
RUSSIAN (RUSS)
Course Number: 
RUSS 575 640
Schedule: 
Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Day(s): 
Thursday
Instructor: 

TODOROV, VLADISLAV

Crosslistings: 
CIMS575640
Primary Program: 
Master of Liberal Arts
Course Note: 
Online Course Fee: $150 (in addition to course tuition and fees)
Course Description: 

The course draws on the cinematic/fictional representation of the Russian/Soviet history based on Russian as well as non-Russian sources. The analysis targets major modes of imagining, staging and reenacting history, construction of images that satisfy dominant political, cultural and ideological stereotypes, and help create national identities. Bias, eye-witness accounts, propaganda uses and abuses of history, forgeries and the production of alt-facts become topics of particular interest. The discussions involve nation builders, iconic heroes and charismatic antiheroes, great commanders and revolutionaries such as Alexander Nevsky, Ivan the Terrible, Rasputin and the Fall of the Romanovs, Lenin and the October Revolution, Stalin and the construction of the Soviet Colossus, the Storming of the Winter Palace, the Civil War, the Great Purge, the Red Scare in the US, etc.The pedagogical goal of the course is to help students develop a critical approach to various aspects of the narrative/visual representation of history.